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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 January 1937Tacoma, Washington, USA
Birth NameSamile Diane Friesen
Nickname Frosty
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Perhaps best known for her trademark curly blond tresses and her faithful appearances at L.A. Lakers basketball games, Dyan Cannon has enjoyed nearly fifty years in the entertainment industry. Born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, Washington, Cannon had early dreams of becoming an actress. She made her screen debut with a small part in the critically acclaimed crime drama The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960). A short-lived television series called This Rebel Breed (1960) followed that same year. It was during this time that she caught the eye of one of Hollywood's favorite leading men, Cary Grant, who was 35 years her senior. The couple, a hotbed of Hollywood gossip, experienced an on-again, off-again relationship until marrying in 1965. Cannon left her acting career behind during her short-lived marriage to Grant and bore his daughter, Jennifer Grant, in 1966.

Cannon and Grant were divorced in 1968, and she returned to the big screen in 1969 in the pop-culture classic Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. A series of less-than-remarkable television and feature films followed in the early 1970s, but comedies proved her most successful medium. Cannon received another Academy Award nomination for Heaven Can Wait (1978), where she played a money-hungry, adulterous wife who hatches a plot to kill her husband only to find that another man has been reincarnated via her husband's body. The multi-talented Cannon, who is also a singer/songwriter, found success behind the camera as well as in front of it. In 1976, she produced, directed, wrote, and edited the short film Number One (1976), an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Film-Live Action. The tedious experience of wearing so many hats deterred her from writing and directing again until 1991, with the release of The End of Innocence (1990).

She gave a strong and critically acclaimed performance in the picture, but it received a lukewarm response overall. The 1980s and 1990s found Cannon on the small screen more often than the big one, as she starred in several made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances in numerous series. Most notable was her recurring role on the hit show Ally McBeal (1997), where, in 1997-98, she played Judge Jennifer "Whipper" Cone in several episodes of the wacky comedy/drama. Though it's been 20 years since Cannon scored a major movie success and she's outgrown her sexpot image (early nude photos of the actress are still in circulation), she continues to find respectable roles in decent-though-not-great films, most recently Out to Sea (1997) with the aging comedy duo of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon; 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997), That Darn Cat (1997) and Boynton Beach Club (2005).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa Kelly Eason <lisakellyeason@yahoo.com>

Spouse (2)

Stanley Fimberg (18 April 1985 - 1991) (divorced)
Cary Grant (22 July 1965 - 21 March 1968) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Curly blonde tresses
Voluptuous figure
Seductive deep voice

Trivia (27)

Attended and graduated from West Seattle High School in Seattle, Washington (1954).
Attended the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, but did not graduate.
Miss West Seattle of 1955.
"Discovered" while having lunch on the Sunset Strip.
Got her stage name from producer Jerry Wald who said he kept seeing something explosive in her.
Her commitment to Christianity has led her to hold twice-monthly revival-style Bible study meetings on the CBS studio lot.
In the early 1970s, Paramount had plans that were unrealized to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with Cannon in the Barbara Stanwyck role. Ultimately, the project was downgraded to a television movie and when Cannon was not available, Samantha Eggar was hired for the role.
Wanted a nose job early in her career, but a doctor told her she had a beautiful nose and was not going to do anything to it. She then decided not to get the nose job.
Ex-mother-in-law of Randy Zisk.
Cary Grant first saw her on a television series in 1961, when she was already a 24-year-old television veteran. They started living together in 1963.
Recently came in fourth (behind Sophia Loren, Ann-Margret and Raquel Welch) in the "Sexiest Older Actress" category held by the website Third Age.
Was extremely nervous about doing the famous bedroom scene in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). She claimed all four participants were a wreck. Elliott Gould busily stuffed food in his mouth; Robert Culp talked a mile a minute and Natalie Wood would not even come out of her trailer at first.
Second husband, Stanley Fimberg was a real estate mogul who executive produced her movie The End of Innocence (1990).
Considered the second-most-famous Laker fan behind Jack Nicholson.
Mother of Jennifer Grant.
She was reluctant to drop acid with regular user Cary Grant, her husband at the time, who believed it had psychological value, but he compelled her to do it twice, and she got violently sick each time.
Her high school nickname was "Frosty".
Born at 9:34 AM (EST).
Learned how to drive a 13-gear 30-ton semi-trailer diesel truck for the comedy-drama film Coast to Coast (1980).
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 22, 1983.
Two grandchildren: Cary (b. 2008) and Davian (b. 2011).
Always seen courtside at Los Angeles Lakers home basketball games.
Her father, Benjamin Friesen, was born in Canada, to ethnic German parents from Russia. Her mother, Claire (née Portnoy), was a Russian Jewish immigrant. They raised Dyan in the Christian faith. Claire died in 1993, and Benjamin died in 2007.
Older sister of jazz bassist David Friesen.
Roles she was in serious consideration for included Bobbie in Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Carol McCoy in The Getaway (1972).
Had relationships with Armand Assante and music manager Ron Weisner.
Vince Cannon was the personal manager of entertainer Dyan Cannon for thirteen years.

Personal Quotes (3)

I don't acknowledge age. I'm not afraid of what's called age. The only thing that would ever frighten me would be losing my vitality or energy or the stars in my eyes or love for life. And I don't believe that's connected with numbers.
[on working with director Otto Preminger on Such Good Friends (1971)] I was warned about him -- but could anybody really be that bad? Yeah, they could. Elaine May wrote a great screenplay. He took a piece of beauty and screwed it up. It was an incredible part and he destroyed it. I have been the victim of some killers in my time. He's one of the biggest. He's a horrible man. Phew! But who ever hears of him anymore? Is he still alive?
I get asked, from time to time, "How do you stay so fit, even after all these years? It must be tai-chi or something, because you look like a cheerleader!" Actually, more than anything else, it's praying to God... not that I don't enjoy being mistaken for my daughter's sister!

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